Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Shoaib Choudhury latest

Shoaib Choudhury's trial in Bangladesh starts on the 22nd of January. There's little hope of a fair trial and the two sentencing options are 30 years or death. But the campaign to save him is growing by the day.

Rep. Mark Kirk of Illinois and Rep. Nita Lowey of New York have introduced House Resolution 1080, calling on the Bangladeshi government to drop all charges against Choudhury, to cease the harassment campaign against him, and to bring his attackers to justice.
Campaigners are also calling for consumer pressure to be applied.
"And speaking of money, Bangladeshi factories continue to churn out endless dollars worth of clothing imported by U.S. stores: The Gap, Wal-mart, Nike. Let these retailers know that you have urgent concerns about their trading partner. The Bangladesh garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association is one of the most powerful organizations in that country, and controls millions of its jobs."
This article from Canada Free Press gives the background and latest news.

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